Nothing beats warm, fresh, delightful home cooking with sumptuous dishes that we grew up with.  This is the vibe that Teresita’s of San Fernando Halo-Halo and Palabok brings to the vibrant life in the metro.

All the way from San Fernando, Pampanga – the food capital of the Philippines, Teresita’s offer well-loved traditional Filipino dishes.  Their offerings include palabok with the flavor leaning more towards of a Kapampangan style.  With the deep and heavy flavor in its sauce plus the generous crispy pork cracklings on top, is eminent of the traditional way of how Kapampangans would cook and prepare their palabok.

Another infamous offering from Teresita’s is their halo-halo.  Unlike other versions of halo-halo that has varieties of beans, sweet potato, kaong, and sweetened pearls, Teresita’s halo-halo only consists of sweetened banana (saba) and white beans.  What makes it very popular is the creamy taste and texture that you get from the milk combined with fine, shaved ice, that makes up a glass of pure, creamy goodness of halo-halo.

Other bestsellers and definitely must-try’s in the restaurant are their version of Lengua – a popular dish made of beef tongue cooked until its very tender then commonly combined with mushroom sauce.  Teresita’s also offers Kare-kare (similar with beef stew but cooked in peanut sauce) and beef kaldereta (also a stew-like dish but is more of a spicy and sweet combination with wedges of potatos and carrots).

No need to drive to Pampanga just to have a taste of some of the Kampamngan specialties because Teresita’s Halo-halo and Palabok have already bought these flavors in Manila.  Teresita’s is also a perfect go-to restaurant for people who love to eat comforting, home-cooked meals.

Teresita’s newest branch is at UP Town Center in Katipunan.  They also have branches in SM Light Mall, SM Manila, SM North Edsa, Tomas Morato, Walter Mart Munoz, NLEX Petron Marilao, Landmark Makati, Landmark Trinoma, and Petron Gas Plaza in Clark.

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Armela is a food and travel blogger from the Philippines. She has produced content for different local and overseas brands. Armela is also a self-taught photographer. She is an optimist by heart who loves to travel to discover new places, different cuisines and meet new people. She is a Digital Marketing Strategist and a Creative Designer by profession.